​Name: Zach Vavasour

Grade:12th

Position:Pitcher and infield

Favorite MLB team: New York Yankees 

How long have you been playing baseball: since I was 3

Favorite teacher: Mrs blakely 

Other sports you play: hockey and basketball

Who Inspires you and why: my whole family but especially my parents because they have taught me to work hard all the time keep a good attitude and strive for your dreams. The rest of my family is so supportive

For the seniors, where are you headed next fall: college, hopefully playing baseball at either HVCC ACC or Saint Rose

Favorite class: gym and history 

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it:no 

Tell fans more about yourself:  come out to support the baseball team this year great things to come all season. Also I am the second oldest of eight kids. ​

The Present helps build the future!!!

On Feb 28 and March 1, the Toga Varsity Baseball team welcomed 4th to 8th graders to the 2nd annual Blue Streak Baseball clinic.  Under the tutelage of 2nd year Head Coach Andy Cuthbertson and his staff, the youth of Saratoga Baseball would get their chance to learn and begin their potential journey towards becoming a Varsity team member.  Following a quick pep talk by Coach and senior CF Jake Fauler, the instructors and youngsters got to work.  They started things off with the most important part of any workout and that is stretching and preparing the body for work.  

Using the white and Aux Gyms at SSHS, they were divided up into stations to help teach bunting, pitching and hitting techniques.  One of the best stations was the Swing Analyzer.  This station used cameras and computers to gauge the players swing and offer them ways to improve it.  After the player completes their time, the computer will give the a complete work up of their swing(via email) and include videos and notes on how to make it better.  

The stations and devices used are terrific but having talked with some of the young men, the one thing that is most evident is that they are excited to be working with the Varsity team members the most.  They look up to them like the cool big brother.

Something important this reporter took away from this is that in only his 2nd year at the helm, Coach C is developing a real program from top to bottom.  He is fostering a bond of brotherhood from the Varsity players right down to the young elementary school age kid picking up a mitt for the first time.

 We see great things for the future and the present of Toga Baseball!!!

 

Team Calender can be found here

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​Name: Cam Flemming

Grade: 11th

Position: Pitcher

Favorite MLB team: NY Mets

How long have you been playing baseball: 12 Years

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Flynn

Other sports you play: Basketball and Golf

Who Inspires you and why: Noah Syndergaard because he is an amazing pitcher 

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: Go to college to become an airline pilot

Favorite class: Accounting

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: none

Tell fans more about yourself: I have an older brother and an older sister. My favorite food is Lobster

Name: Brad Hipsley


Grade: Junior


Position: Short Stop


Favorite MLB team: New York Mets


How long have you been playing baseball: since I was 4


Favorite teacher: Mrs. Chudy 


Other sports you play: None


Who Inspires you and why: Ja
vier Baez, I love the energy he brings to the game. 


For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: play college baseball 


Favorite class: Science


Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: none 


Tell fans more about yourself: one brother who plays football at Albany. Love my family and friends, excited for a great year of baseball!

​Name: Danny Sleight

Grade: Junior

Position: Second base, Pitcher

Favorite MLB team: Yankees

How long have you been playing baseball: 13 years

Favorite teacher: Mr. Delorenzo

Other sports you play: Varsity Golf

Who Inspires you and why: Karl Sleight (dad), always pushes me to be a better player and person 

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: Go on to college and law school

Favorite class: Chemistry 

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: I play the guitar

Tell fans more about yourself: I'm very excited for this baseball season and I'm looking forward to competing in the suburban council

​Toga Vs Albany


​Coach Cuthbertson saw a chance to get his younger players an opportunity to start and he took it.  With only regular starter Brian Hart in the line up the team took the field.  Vavasour pitched three solid innings but Albany took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 7th.  The Coach C sent in the heavy hitters Fauler slapped a bunt and out ran the throw to first, stole second and scored on McArthurs single to tie the game.  Leffler hit a sac bunt that moved McArthur to second.  McArthur moved to third on a passed ball and they intentionally walked Hart.  Powell reached first to load the bases for Alex Henderson and he delivered with a walk off hit to center!!! Toga wins 6-5.  They travel to face BH/BL Friday at noon(weather permitting) If game is called due to rain it will be played Saturday at 11 am

Toga Baseball 2017


​Name: Brian Hart


Grade: 11


Position: Outfield-Pitcher


Favorite MLB team: Yankees


How long have you been playing baseball: Every since I was a baby


Favorite teacher: Mr. Grady


Other sports you play: Basketball


Who Inspires you and why: I try to inspire myself to do everything I do to my fullest potential. I think that comes from my competitiveness which makes me want to work harder then others.


For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: After HS I will be playing baseball at Marist College and possibly majoring in Business or Math.


Favorite class: Math


Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: I can throw with both arms. 


Tell fans more about yourself: I am really close with my family. I live with my parents and don't have any siblings but I have siblings that go to Saratoga that are basically my sisters. I'm really looking forward to this baseball season and have high expectations for our team.

​Name: Keegan Leffler

Grade: 12th

Position: LHP

Favorite MLB team: Mets

How long have you been playing baseball: 14 years

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Blakely

Who Inspires you and why: My dad is my role model. He's missed 1 baseball game in the past 6 years! He's always there to support me and he's the person I can count on. 

For the seniors, where are you headed next fall: Herkimer 

Tell fans more about yourself: Make sure you come out and support for a great 2017 baseball season! ​

Toga Baseball with a 3-2 win over Columbia!!!!​

​Triola with the walk off single in the 7th and Vavasour with 5 solid innings on the mound

Talking with former Toga Ace Danny Hobbs

We took to twitter and talked with former Toga Ace and current Siena Saints Pitcher Danny Hobbs.  Hobbs was just a day removed from pitching in his first college baseball game, a 1 inning shut out job.  Siena opened its season against a very strong Central Florida team.


This is what Danny had to say about pitching in his first game: 

"It was really crazy, the crowd was huge and against such a good team it was an incredible baseball experience. "

​What differences are there from HS to College?

"​There are huge differences between high school and college baseball. In high school baseball you can kind of get away with a lot of your mistakes with velocity but in college that's not the case, everyone has velocity and if you miss a spot chances are the hitter is going to crush it. "

We asked Danny if there was one former Toga team mate he missed the most?

"I miss all my high school teammates so much but in terms of baseball it would have to be my catcher Coffey, he always knew exactly what to say to me and I credit him a lot with the baseball player that I have become today. "

Danny what advice do you have for this years Toga Squad?

​"Advice for this years Toga team would be stay focused and work as hard as you can because you only play high school baseball once. "

As many Toga Sports may know, Danny was also a standout goalie for the Hockey team.  We asked him if he missed being able to skate in between the pipes and stare down the oncoming puck?

​"I miss hockey a ton, especially the coaches and friends that I had on the team. Playing at weibel with a huge crowd against a rival is something very special and something that I really miss."






​Toga suffers its first loss of the season 7-5 to Ballston Spa.

​The team battled back from an early 4-0 hole to tie it at 4 in the 3rd.  In the fifth inning Ballston Spa went 6-4 when Keegan Leffler made a beautiful diving catch that should have ended the inning but the umpires made a bad call and said it hit the ground first.  Toga would make it a game right to the end.


Name: Gordon Hogben


Grade: 11


Position: First base, outfield, pitcher


Favorite MLB team: Yankees


How long have you been playing baseball: since I was 5 years old


Favorite teacher: Mrs. Shoulette


Other sports you play: Golf


Who Inspires you and why: Mom and dad, strongest people I know and work hard everyday. They show me how to live life to the fullest and be a better person.


For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: go to college somewhere warm and play baseball.


Favorite class: gym class


Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: ping pong legend


Tell fans more about yourself: love warm weather and can't wait for this upcoming season of baseball

Name:  Devin McArthur

Grade: 10th

Position: 3rd Base

Favorite MLB team: Yankees

How long have you been playing baseball: 11 years

Favorite teacher: Mrs Jordy

Other sports you play: Football

Who Inspires you and why:My brother Cory inspires me the most because he's motivated me to be the best person I can and work hard at everything I do

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: Play baseball in College

Favorite class: Biology

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: Photography

Tell fans more about yourself: Make sure to come and support the Baseball team this year.  Big things to come!!



Name: Peter Herman 
Grade: 12
Position: Catcher


Favorite MLB team: Yankees


How long have you been playing baseball: 11 years


Favorite teacher: Mr. Shanks


Other sports you play: Basketball, Golf, Skiing 


Who Inspires you and why: My parents and older brother. They work hard and always push me to achieve more


For the seniors, where are you headed next fall: I'm not 100% sure, most likely Georgia Tech

Favorite class: Computer Science
Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: No 


Tell fans more about yourself: Make sure you come out and support the team this year.


​Name: Nate chudy

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Outfielder, Pitcher

Favorite MLB team: Yankees

How long have you been playing baseball: 8 years

Favorite teacher: Mr. Delorenzo

Other sports you play: Basketball

Who Inspires you and why: My parents, they set good examples of hard worker to me and the rest of my family

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: play baseball in college

Favorite class: Chemistry

Tell fans more about yourself: I can't wait to play and I am looking forward to a great season

​Name: Quinn Jones 


Grade: 10

Position: Middle Infield, Pitcher 

Favorite MLB team: SF Giants

How long have you been playing baseball: 7 years 

Favorite teacher: Mr. Mishoe

Who Inspires you and why: My Dad, because he has worked his hardest to get where he is today 

Your plans for after HS: It's always been a dream of mine to play college baseball, so if I work at it, that's where I plan to be after HS

Favorite class: Chemistry 

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: I've always been a really good writer and I think I'd like to enter a line of work involving it someday 

Tell fans more about yourself: I have a twin brother and an older sister, who have both always supported me throughout my baseball career. When I'm not playing I'm with friends or cheering on other blue streak teams. Very excited for a great season!

The Battle of I-87 Champions

​2017

2016 Senior Night

and 

​There's No Place Like Home Game

This game had special meaning for us here at the THS.  The team asked us if they could do something to help us because of our disabilities.  Toga Baseball hosted a fundraiser for us so we make our home fully wheel chair accessible and with the proceeds from this game and two other events we hope to have it all completed by the end of the summer.  

Now on to the game and the festivities.  

After a little rain the seniors were introduced and honored along with their families.  This year Toga had 8 seniors.  

Danny Hobbs, Danny Coleman, Nick Kondo, Jake Kerr, Brendon Frank,   Brendan "Hey we want some" Coffey, Cory McArthur and Shane Barringer.

​These 8 young men are assets to our community and we wish them all the best as they move on to the next phase of their travel next year.

I might be a little biased on this next part but it was the coolest part of the night.  I was honored to be able to "throw" out the first pitch.   Since I lost the ability to actually throw because of my Muscular Dystrophy, my dad and I built a catapult for me to use.  I even towed it out behind my wheelchair and then fired a pitch into home plate from the mound.  Even cooler was that the one guy I on the team that is more of a brother to me then a friend, Cory McArthur, caught my pitch!!!

The feeling of getting to be like him and doing that in front of such a large and cheering crowd will be one of my most cherished memories.

So how did the game turn out?  Well Toga would have a win 22-2 of the Black Horses of Schuylerville but in all honesty every player on that field last night was a winner.  Both sides had fun and helped us towards our dream and we cannot thank them all enough!!!!  So to both teams we say Thank you and Good Luck to the seniors on both teams.  We want to thank all of the fans and the Toga Community for helping Phillip and I and now we want for Monday Morning when we find out where and who Toga will play in the first round of Sectionals!!!!!

2017 Varsity Team

Brad Hipsley
Danny Sleight
Quinn Jones
Alex Henderson
Niko  Concha
Brian Hart
Jake Fauler
Lewi Clarke
Jack Cairns
Cameron Flemming
Nate Chudy
Keegan Leffler
Peter Herman
Lee Gnau
Chris James
Devin McArthur
Zach Vavasour
Kyle Powell
Ryan Seales
Gordon Hogben



Name:Alex Henderson 

Grade:10th

Position: Middle Infield, Pitcher

Favorite MLB team: Boston Red Sox 

How Long Have you been playing baseball: Since I was 5

Favorite Teacher: Mrs.Flanders

Other sports: Skiing and Varsity Soccer

Who inspires you and why: My Dad, for him always being my #1 fan. 

Plans after High School: Pursue a liberal arts degree and play college baseball or soccer.

Favorite Class: English

Hidden Talent: None

Tell fans about yourself: Excited for another year of baseball. 

Name: Niko Concha

Grade:11th

Position: 2B, pitcher

Favorite MLB team: New York Yankees

How long have you been playing baseball:  Ever since I was a little kid

Favorite teacher: Mr Jones

Other sports you play: Basketball, skiing

Who Inspires you and why: My parents because they show me how to be a good role model and they are the hardest working people I know 

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: To go to college and play baseball there and major in something I enjoy

Favorite class: Engineering 

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: I play piano and am pretty good at ping pong

Tell fans more about yourself: Cannot wait for the upcoming Baseball season!!

Name: ​Ryan Seales 

Grade: 11th

Position: First base and pitcher 

Favorite MLB Team: New York Yankees 

How long have you been playing baseball: 13 years 

Favorite teacher:Bell

Other sports you play:Hockey

Who inspires you and why:My parents because they make the sacrifices for me to be able to play

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: Attend a 4 year university and hopefully play baseball there 

Favorite class: Accounting 

Do you have a Hidden talent? I can juggle

Tell fans more about yourself:  Born and raised in Saratoga and I'm ready for a good season of baseball​

2016 In Review

​Toga Baseball 1994!!!

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Name: Chris James

Grade: 11

Position: C

Favorite MLB team: Mets

How long have you been playing baseball: 11 Years 

Favorite teacher: Mr. Taormina

Other sports you play: Football

Who Inspires you and why: My dad because he was an athlete in high school, so I have something to look up to.

For the seniors, where are you headed next fall:

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: Study Biochemistry 

Favorite class: Chemistry 

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: I can juggle

Tell fans more about yourself: I have one sister and a dog

​Name: Kyle Powell 

Grade: 12

Position: Pitcher/1st base

Favorite MLB team: Yankees

How long have you been playing baseball: 13 years

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Narkiewitz

Other sports you play: None 

Who Inspires you and why: My mom. She has always been there for me and encouraged me to keep getting better

For the seniors, where are you headed next fall: Elms College

For the underclassmen, your plans for after HS: N/A

Favorite class: Physics

Do you have a Hidden talent? If yes what is it: Nope 

Tell fans more about yourself: Come support the baseball team this year and get loud